Be Encouraging

I’ve been writing curriculum on the Beatitudes all morning which has gotten me thinking a lot about encouragement. For those of you thinking “what the heck are the Beatitudes?” (or the “Bee”-attitudes, as we sometimes call them) – they are from Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Here’s a little Sunday school refresher for you.

The Beatitudes

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice
    for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about youand say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

In reading this and trying to make it applicable to elementary school children, I began to think about daily encouragement. Personally, I think that encouragement is a huge part of any relationship. Think of the people in your life. Do they know how much you appreciate them? Do they feel loved by you? Uplifted? Do they know how much they bless you? How much they matter to you? We live in such a broken world and I believe it is so important to lift up the people around us regularly. Sometimes even the smallest thing can make a difference in someone’s day. I had a day a few weeks ago where things were just not going my way but literally every time I would feel discouraged I would get a random text message or e-mail or someone would come into my office and tell me exactly what I needed to hear in that moment. Words of encouragement are powerful.

Challenge of the week: “Bee” encouraging!

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